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Let’s say there’s a supply chain blockage, so you order your personal essentials and holiday gifts ahead of time. And let’s say these packages make it to the last link, only for the delivery driver to unload them in a local ravine.
This is unfortunately not a hypothetical scenario for about 450 people in Alabama, where authorities are investigating a FedEx driver to throw out multiple truckloads of packages.
Blount County Sheriff’s Office, in the north-central part of the state, said last Wednesday Between 300 and 400 chests of “various sizes” were discovered in a privately owned wooded area.
She added that FedEx dispatched trucks and drivers from across the South later that day to begin the process of returning packages. Pictures posted to Facebook show boxes scattered over a steep ravine, several trucks lined up in the woods and assorted packages crammed into the back of a truck.
by Monday, Sheriff Mark Mon The driver – who has not been named – said he was identified and questioned. He urged the media and the public to be patient while investigators work on the case, which he described as a “disaster”.
Moon declared that the driver had “left at least six times,” making FedEx the victim of six different cases of property theft. Tuesday update.
“So far we are looking at about 450 victims, some in Blount County and some not, and investigators are trying to look into their cases,” he added. “This is not going to be an easy or quick case to close.”
FedEx said in an email to NPR that the company has reviewed the situation and is cooperating with law enforcement, and that the individual in question is no longer an employee of FedEx Ground.
“We regret the inconvenience this situation has caused and appreciate our customers’ understanding throughout the package recovery process,” the statement added. “Where possible, returned packages are delivered to their intended recipients. If a shipment is damaged, we will do everything we can to work with the affected shippers to find a solution.”
The company has directed customers with any questions to track their shipments online.
This story originally appeared The morning edition live blog.